Jeanine De Landtsheer: ‘In Pursuit of the Muses. The Life and Work of Justus Lipsius’

Famed for his ground-breaking philological, philosophical, and antiquarian writings, the Brabant humanist Justus Lipsius (1547–1606) was one of the most renowned classical scholars of the sixteenth century. In this forthcoming volume, Marijke Crab and Ide François bring together the seminal contributions to Lipsius’s life and scholarship by Jeanine De Landtsheer (1954–2021), who came to be known as one of the greatest Lipsius specialists of her generation.

In Pursuit of the Muses considers Lipsius from two complementary angles. The first half of the volume presents De Landtsheer’s evocative life of the famous humanist, based on her unrivalled knowledge of his correspondence. Published originally in Dutch, it appears here for the first time in an English translation by Jan Machielsen. The second half presents a selection of eight articles by De Landtsheer that, together, chart a way through Lipsius’s scholarship. This twofold approach offers the reader a valuable insight into Lipsius’s life and work, creating an indispensable reference guide not only to Lipsius himself, but also to the wider humanist world of letters.

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